I first heard of Reiki back in the 90s as I was browsing around on some message boards on Beliefnet. Several people seemed to know it and love it, but I didn’t have any idea what it was or why I should care. It seemed like a good thing, but nothing really special.
Flash forward to 2015. I was sitting in my office at work, reading articles on Facebook about spiritual topics, and I suddenly felt overwhelmed by emotion. Gratitude, love, serenity….it all came flooding into me through the top of my head. I felt like a giant waterfall had been turned on directly over my head and I was lost in the flood. All I could do was cry and rock and hold on to the edge of my desk. Thank god I had a private office!
A friend in a Facebook group was kind enough to talk me through what felt like an unbelievably transformative experience. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and asked if I had ever had an attunement. I had no clue what that was. I went home that night and could not stop thinking about this amazing experience and how it changed the way I felt about absolutely everything in just a few moments. I started to read about Reiki, and decided to try to find a practitioner in my area.
As the Universe would have it, there was a Reiki Master/Teacher just 4 blocks from me! I emailed her and asked what I needed to do to schedule a healing attunement, not understanding that was incorrect terminology for what I wanted, which was just a Reiki treatment session. Somehow, I ended up signing up for a Reiki level 1 class just a few weeks from that time. I am not entirely sure I even knew what I was signing up for or what it meant.
Much to my surprise, my husband, usually the bigger skeptic of the two of us, said he wanted to attend the class, too. So, on August 29, 2015, we both went, and we were both attuned to Usui Reiki level 1.
[For those of you who are as in the dark as I was, allow me to explain. Everything in the universe is made of energy. Reiki is part of this energy. It is a loving, healing part of this energy, and it comes directly from God or Source or Spirit or whatever your name for the Something-Greater-Than-Us is. It is channeled through the heart chakra of the practitioner and out through his or her hands to the body or energy field of the recipient. It works by healing the energy of the recipient, working from the outmost part of the energetic field to the innermost, which is the physical body. It heals and aligns the chakras. It is incapable of doing harm or being sent where it is not wanted. The energy will dissipate if either of these intentions are present. For more information, my Reiki FAQ is available here.]
Let me tell you, there is no feeling in the world that I have experienced so far that compares to being attuned to Reiki at level 1. Not even my Waterfall Moment, as I have come to call it, compares to feeling like you can shoot laser beams out of the palms of your hands! A Reiki attunement allows you to feel the pulse of Universal Reiki energy in the palms of your hands, and to channel that energy into your own body and the bodies and energy fields of others. I felt like a freaking super hero!
I was immediately hooked, and I wanted to get my next level attunement as soon as possible. Most Reiki Master/Teachers really recommend that you wait some period of time before being attuned to level 2. You need time to practice on yourself, on your family, on anyone who will sit still for it. But, again, the Universe must have really wanted me to have this experience, because there was a level 2 class 3 weeks later, and my teacher allowed both me and my husband to sign up. So, on September 19, 2015 (the 4th anniversary of my mother’s death, as things worked out), we were attuned to level 2.
That was nearly a year ago, and I will soon be attuned to the Master/Teacher level. But, more than simply racking up accomplishments, certificates, cool energetic powers, Reiki has changed my life and my husband’s life.
For me, the changes have been mostly emotional, except for the fact that I no longer have thyroid issues. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2001 and struggled with it pretty intensely. The brain fog, exhaustion, and all the other symptoms that go along with this malfunction of the thyroid gland kept me weighed down, literally, for most of 14 years. It didn’t clear up all at once, but I could tell a steady, persistent difference, until, today, I hardly have any sign of it at all. Emotionally, childhood issues started to resolve, traumas and hurts began to heal all on their own or with minimal work on my part. I began to feel more in tune with my body, and I began to develop a closer relationship with both God/Spirit/Source and with my husband.
The changes in him were astounding. He stopped smoking. Later, he stopped drinking. He lost weight. His anxiety, a lifelong plague and the most severe anxiety I have ever witnessed in person, reduced to the point where he was able to sleep up to 8 hours a night: a huge change from the ragged 3-4 hours he was used to. We grew closer and closer. All of this within just a year’s time.
Last fall, I began to take on Reiki clients professionally. It was so thrilling and gratifying to me to be able to help people I couldn’t even be in the same room with! (Reiki level 2 includes special symbols that allow the practitioner to be able to send the energy long distances.) Friends and clients were amazed that they could feel the change in energy, and they were excited by how relaxed they felt after a session. I finally felt like I had a glimpse of my true calling here on Earth, in this lifetime. Reiki is a part of my purpose as a healer here, now.
Reiki changed my life and continues to change me in both profound and mundane ways. Headache? Reiki it. Backache? Reiki it. Get a deep cut at work? Bandage it, and then Reiki it. Bad dream? Reiki it. Instead of praying over my food, I Reiki it. I send Reiki ahead of my car while traveling to keep the road ahead safe and clear. I Reiki my home and office to keep out unwanted energy. I Reiki my blog posts and my Facebook posts with the intention that each person who reads them feels blessed and a little better. There is literally nothing Reiki cannot help with.
From my first encounter with Reiki to this day, I tell everyone I know that if you have even the tiniest bit of interest in it, get attuned to level 1. It will change your life, too.